Originally Posted by ScottUK
I was reading an article in Caribbean Compass about pet peeves of cruisers and one of the issues was anchoring/leaving under sail. More so in crowded anchorages. I was wondering what the opinions of the people here. Cheers
I think it depends on a detail. My feeling is that it's irresponsible to do so strictly under sail since something can go wrong, BUT, there's nothing wrong with entering or leaving under sail with the engine at idle. That allows immediate recovery for wind shifts or other unexpected events. The engine would be needed for backing down after the anchor is down, and the engine should be on to help with windlass load.